Dutch clubs in Europe

And it only takes a week for two of our young, cool clubs to be relieved of their European dreams. No CL for PSV, no EL for Feyenoord (or Vitesse, or Utrecht). What a drama.  Feyenoord started well against the Russians in a steaming De Kuip but missing a penalty is never a good thing […]

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Bruma and Rekik: new Oranje center backs?

New PSV trainer Phillip Cocu talks as the Barca or Ajax coach. “Play dominant football, forward pressure and take the initiative.” He needed different center backs in his team to play this way. Jeffrey Bruma (21) and Karim Rekik (18) have settled in nicely. Bruma was bought from Chelsea (but the London club negotiated the […]

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Nigel de Jong not written off yet….

Nigel de Jong showed himself again, last week against PSV. He copped a knock on his toe in the first 5 minutes and that injury will most likely stop him from playing Milan’s opening game in the Serie A this weekend and might even keep him grounded for the second leg vs PSV. The stocky […]

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Dutch football, when the dust (almost) settles….

The Dutch competition is on its way and most other competitions have followed suit. Oranje will commence it’s qualifications journey soon and there is more than enough talking points. We’ll do this one quick and dirty. And get on with more Oranje related articles after this one. But the European adventures of our Dutch teams […]

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Brave PSV reaps kudos but not the result

PSV has won five competitive games in a row and has garnered quite some excitement. And what’s not to like: fan fave Cocu at the helm and exciting young talents like Willems, Wijnaldum, Depay, Maher, Rekik and Bruma in the squad, to name a few. The football PSV has demonstrated in the first weeks of […]

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And the EPL joins in as well….

All this action. For a blogger, it’s always a headache at the start of the season as there is so much to write about… New teams, new players, Oranje getting into gear, new coaches…. I will contain myself and focus on the games first. But so you know: I have some cool posts in the […]

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Keep Calm and Trust in Louis

The Portugal friendly resulted in many-a critical comment on this blog and in other media. That is not a coincidence, as other media obviously copy all we are saying here. In fact, most of Goal.com’s coverage on The Dutch National Team are copies of soundbites of Tiju ;-). But seriously, our defence is shit, our […]

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Oranje starts the new season with a decent draw… (edited)

Oranje broke the deadlock (and the horrific series) against Portugal last night with a draw. Midfielder Strootman scored the Dutch goal in the first 20 minutes of the game, C Ronaldo was gifted a late equaliser. Strootman is one of the three players Louis van Gaal considers starters. Before the game, he said “Van Persie, […]

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Oranje – Portugal preparation

The Deer in the Headlight look of Paul Verhaegh The first international game in the new season. After that breezy Asian tour, important wins over Indonesia and China, we are now facing our menace Portugal. 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012… Just some random numbers for you. And in the lead up to this friendly (…) there […]

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Van Gaal irritated and impressed….

Louis van Gaal has announced his squad for the Portugal friendly. Schwarzenegger, Willis, Statham, Stallone, Jet Li…. Oops.. wrong list. Louis has come up with some surprises… We miss Clasie (not in great form yet), no Nigel de Jong (long injury period), no Siem de Jong (LVG chooses others), Ricardo van Rhijn ( some lad […]

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